Department of Anthropology
1334 Watkins Hall
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA. 92521-0418


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UCR Anthropology is committed to a socially engaged, critical anthropology that recognizes the importance of the sometimes contradictory unity of approaches to understanding the human condition in all its dimensions. It has a finely tuned sense of historical temporality that views change as normal as reproduction. It takes account of the existence and potential significance of the variability and diversity of human beings, as both social and natural beings in space, place, and time. It provides culture, ensembles of social relations, and the human body itself with sociohistorial contingency. It does not separate the historical development of human societies or the human species from the events, contradictions, and forces that shaped their development in time and space. It knows that human activity can effect significant change as witnessed by the diverse array of societies that existed in the past and continue to form the present. It acknowledges the complex interrelations of consciousness, communication, and the subjectivity of individuals in particular sets of social relations. It engages rather than shies away from the critical social, moral, and political issues of the day. It knows that people occasionally do make their own history, and that some trajectories of change potentially have better outcomes than others.

The faculty and students are committed to an integrated and integrating concept of the discipline. They view the traditional subfields—applied, archaeological, sociocultural, biological, and linguistic anthropology--as cross cut by foci that bring faculty and students together in ways that reinforce the unity of the discipline rather than its divisions. The foci articulate contemporary or emerging concerns among anthropologists and the wider public.


Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Human Biological Anthropology

In the News (2016-17)

Sara Becker is awarded a Hellman Fellowship to work on motion capture of traditional activities and labor practices in Andean South America.

Susan Ossman was interviewed for the “Allegra Lab” website.

Erin Gould is awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for research in Morocco to study hikayat, a traditional form of storytelling. Her research addresses how young people, who are currently trying to revive this tradition, shift and transform public storytelling.

Derick Fay receives a Fulbright Fellowship for research in South Africa.

Susan Ossman has an exhibition based on her participant observation at the “Wissenschaftskolleg,” the Institute of Advanced Research in Berlin.

Sara Becker was selected to participate as a UC Merced Center for the Humanities Fellow in the “Write to Change the World” workshop with the OpEd Project.

Shelley Guyton, Joshua Lieto, Patrick Rohrer, Sharon Rushing, and Arianne Schulz received Humanities Graduate Student Research Awards.

Karl Taube and Catharina Santasilia won a Humanities Interdisciplinary Project Award for the Rise of Civilization in Mesoamerica Conference.

Christina Schwenkel receives a Wenner Gren Fellowship for research on Vietnamese migrants and socialist architecture in eastern Germany.

Travis Stanton is awarded an NSF grant to excavate Maya households.

Derick Fay receives a Wenner Gren Fellowship for research in South Africa.

Yolanda Moses is awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for research in Australia.


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